Free School Meals
Did you know?
- Families who are currently paying for school meals will save around £450 a year for each primary school child if they are entitled to free school meals.
- We have systems which mean it is impossible for other pupils to know who is receiving free school meals.
- School children who are eligible for free school meals are entitled to a two course meal worth approximately £2.30 for primary and £2.35 for secondary each day.
- When you apply for free school meals, you will also allow your child's school to receive Pupil Premium, which is extra money to support children from families on lower incomes.
- If your child is in receipt of universal infant free school meals (where your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2), we recommend you apply if you believe you may be eligible for free school meals, because the protection will continue beyond Year 2.
- Secondary school children who are entitled to free school meals might also qualify for help with school transport costs.
- If you also have a 3 or 4 year old child who is in a free childcare place, they may also be eligible for Early Years Pupil Premium.
COVID19 and Free School Meal Eligibility
If your financial circumstances have been affected by the COVID 19 crisis you could now be entitled to Benefit Related Free School Meals.
The Covid19 crisis has also highlighted the difference between Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) and Benefit Related Free School Meals (FSM).
The government can only offer help to those who are in receipt of Benefit Related Free School Meals so we encourage applications from all year groups.
To find out if you are eligible please fill out our simple online application form at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
where you will receive an instant response as to your eligibility status. If you are eligible for FSM your child’s school will be informed within 3 days.
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (unless you’re also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and earn no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop receiving Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400)
If you have any queries regarding this information, please call the Education Welfare Benefits team on 01223 703200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or look at the website www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals